[Skip to Content]

The 2019 Best of Photojournalism – Visual Journalism that Educates and Illuminates

The Entry Deadline Has Been Extended to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, February 2.

For more than seventy years, members of the National Press Photographers Association have worked for the benefit of visual journalists through a range of advocacy efforts and educational programs. Striving to celebrate and learn from the best work that photojournalists and visual editors do, we are proud to welcome entries into the 2019 Best of Photojournalism competition.

Through well-researched and ethically-produced works, audiences rely on visual journalists to inform them about what is happening in their communities and to help them understand why these moments matter.

Visual journalists bear witness to history on a daily basis, standing on the sidewalks and in the living rooms of neighborhoods around the globe with a shared mission to tell us what happened and why it matters, to educate and to illuminate.

Entries for the 2019 Best of Photojournalism competition will be entered via a new online portal. ALL ENTRANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CREATE A NEW CONTEST ACCOUNT regardless of whether they are an NPPA member or not. (Your NPPA login credentials will not work on the competition submission site.)

Entries will be accepted from January 3, 2019, through 5 p.m. Eastern Time on January 31, 2019 11:59 p.m. on February 2, 2019. All entries must have been made or initially published between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. 

Entry is free for NPPA members in good standing and $75 for non-members. The NPPA is offering a discount for new or renewing members through January 30, 2019

The NPPA has a long-standing tradition of leading the way when it comes to the ethics of our industry. All entrants will certify that the work being submitted conforms to the Code of Ethics all members ascribe to when joining.

As part of a new partnership with the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Best of Photojournalism committee has gone through all of the categories and updated them to better reflect what is happening within the industry. A new submission and judging system is now in place to streamline the entry process and give the committee and judges faster access to material. 

Also new this year is a program that will have all entries in the competition catalogued and permanently archived at UGA’s Special Collections Library, preserving what our industry believes is the most important work of the year.

At the conclusion of the judging cycle, a team will produce case studies about select winners, interviewing journalists, editors and community members to find out both how winning work came to be and what was its effect on the community it served.

These are some of the highlights of the 2019 Best of Photojournalism competition – Visual Journalism that Educates and Illuminates. We are happy to answer any questions you have, drop us a note at bop@nppa.org.



William Snyder, Chair                                                 Mark E. Johnson
Best of Photojournalism                                             University of Georgia